As the election for a new Pope approaches, here are some links to take you inside the Vatican and gain an understanding of centuries-old traditions.
Inside the Conclave
This special feature from Salt and Light provides a comprehensive insight into all of the facets of the conclave - the role of the Sistine chapel, the cardinal electors, the ballots and voting, the stove and smoke, how long previous conclaves have taken, the Habemus Papam moment, and more. You can also view a photo of every cardinal who will vote, their country and their age.
Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour
Since 1878, every papal Conclave has taken place within the Sistine Chapel, famous for the frescoes painted by Michaelangelo on the ceiling and walls. The Vatican website offers a stunning virtual tour of this famous building. You can continue to view the incredible art works even after the Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies calls "Extra Omnes!" ("Everybody else, out!").
Webcam: Saint Peter's Basilica
The image below is a live webcam feed of Saint Peter's Basilica. You can watch the celebrations and crowds as the new Pope is elected. Refresh the page to see an updated image.
Gallery: Cardinals pray at Saint Peter's
The gallery below features photographs of some of the Cardinals praying inside Saint Peter's. These photos are courtesy of Fr Ariel Beramendi from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (PCCS).